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You’ve probably heard recently that credit history comes into play when setting your car insurance premium.

Well, it doesn’t just come into play – it’s actually a major driver to have a good to excellent credit score to keep your car insurance rates lower, according to a new study from

Car insurance companies will reward you if you make your monthly payments on time with your credit cards. It’s especially good if you have good payment history on a credit card with a high credit limit and very low credit card balances.

The company noted that drivers with credit reports with scores above 750 save an average of $783 annually on car insurance.

Fortunately, about 40 percent of consumers have credit reports with scores above this range, so they can benefit from insurance companies using insurance scores.

(Do insurance companies check credit?)

In fact, these drivers can save nearly $23,000 on car insurance throughout their adult lives.

But what about the rest of the population?

Well, the average young adult (aged 25 to 34) with a clean driving record and full coverage auto insurance pays roughly $1,938 a year, while those with credit scores over 750 pay only $1,155.

That’s a savings of 40 percent, simply for doing the right thing with your monthly payments – paying bills on time and keeping balances low.

And it sure beats any car insurance discount you may be eligible for.

For drivers 16 to 24, credit history doesn’t make as much of an impact unless you don’t have one.

If your credit report hasn’t been created yet, due to a lack of credit information, you could pay more than $4,000 a year for car insurance!

(How much is car insurance for a 16-year old?)

All the more reason for parents to add their children as authorized users on credit cards (but not give them one!) to help them build credit.

So if you’re looking to save money on car insurance, be sure to keep your credit score in good health!

Average premium for drivers age 16 to 24 — $3,152

– Credit score above 750 — $2,515
– Credit score of 650 to 749 — $2,387
– Credit score of 500 to 649 — $2,692
– No credit file — $4,191

Average premium for drivers age 25 to 34 — $1,938

– Credit score above 750 — $1,155
– Credit score of 650 to 749 — $1,658
– Credit score of 500 to 649 — $2,023
– No credit file — $2,182

Tip: How can I lower my car insurance rate?